Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland)

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Environmental Protection Agency
Agency overview
Formed1993 (1993)
JurisdictionRialtas na hÉireann
HeadquartersJohnstown Castle, Wexford, Y35 W821, Ireland
52°17′45″N 6°30′05″W / 52.295915°N 6.501418°W / 52.295915; -6.501418Coordinates: 52°17′45″N 6°30′05″W / 52.295915°N 6.501418°W / 52.295915; -6.501418
Agency executive
  • Laura Burke, Director General

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of the Ireland. It operates independently under the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.[2]


The EPA was founded in 1993, following the passing into law of the Environmental Protection Agency Act of 1992.[3][4] In 2014, it merged with the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, which was itself founded in 1992.[5][6] The present-day EPA continues the activities of both groups.[7] Any act passed by the Environmental Protection Agency is legally binding upon every citizen in Ireland as it is a statute. [8]


The EPA operates independently under the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.[2] It is led by an advisory committee headed by a director general. The current director general, Laura Burke, was appointed in 2011.[9]


There are five offices which answer to the advisory committee.[10]

  • The Office of Environmental Enforcement is responsible for implementing and enforcing environmental legislation.[11]
  • The Office of Environmental Sustainability is responsible for advocating for environmental protection and sustainability, with a goal in particular to meet Ireland's multiple environmental commitments.[12]
  • The Office of Evidence and Assessment is responsible for providing environmental data, information and assessment.[13]
  • The Office of Radiation Protection and Environmental Monitoring - responsible for ensuring that the public is protected from the effects of harmful ionizing radiation.[14]
  • The Office of Communications and Corporate Services - responsible for providing support for all staff across the EPA.[1]


The EPA operates from a number of sites across the Republic of Ireland. The Headquarters are located in Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford.

Additional offices are located in:[15]

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  1. ^ a b (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Office of Communications and Corporate Services". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  2. ^ a b Joint Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services (2017-02-15). The Role of EPA in Regulation of Public Water Services (PDF) (Report). p. 2. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  3. ^ Review of the Environmental Protection Agency - Consultation Document (PDF) (Report). April 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  4. ^ "ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ACT, 1992". Act No. 7 of Error: the date or year parameters are either empty or in an invalid format, please use a valid year for year, and use DMY, MDY, MY, or Y date formats for date. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  5. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII)". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  6. ^ Mills, Gillian (2014-08-01). "Merger of State agencies EPA and RPII | Inshore Ireland". www.inshore-ireland.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  7. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "EPA and RPII to Merge". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  8. ^ irishstatutebookonline
  9. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Laura Burke". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  10. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Our Organisational Structure". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  11. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES)". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  12. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Office of Environmental Enforcement". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  13. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Office of Evidence and Assessment (OEA)". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  14. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Office of Radiation Protection and Environmental Monitoring". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  15. ^ (EPA), Environmental Protection Agency. "Contact Us - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA". www.epa.ie. Retrieved 2017-04-09.

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